The Fairview Goat Tower is one of the most recognisable features of the Cape winelands. It was built by current Fairview owner Charles Back, in 1981. The tower was inspired by a structure that his parents had seen in Portugal during a holiday trip a few years earlier. This trip had inspired the purchase of the farm’s first goats in 1980 and the founding of the Fairview Vineyard Cheesery.

The goat herd today numbers close to 800 and the Fairview Goat Tower has stood as a proud welcoming beacon as the farm has evolved over the past three decades. From the day when Charles’ son left the gate open and discovered that goats do roam, to the guests lazing on the lawns at last year’s La Capra festival, to the dangerous (albeit memorable) naked dash up the steps by various students after a few too many glasses of wine.

There have been many changes at Fairview in the past thirty years, but there are some things that will never change. We will always welcome guests with the same warm hospitality that Beryl and Cyril Back were famed for in the 1980s and the wizened old goats will lazily watch the world go by from the top of their tower.

Today we have visitors who first came to the farm as children, bringing their own kids to see the tower and to introduce them to Fairview. It is great to look back with fond memories on the past few years, as we look forward to the future.

Here’s to the next thirty years!

Share your photos and win some great Fairview wine

To mark the 30th anniversary of the building of the Goat Tower we are going to be running a promotion on our Facebook page.

We are looking for your photos at Fairview with the Goat Tower in the frame. It could be a photo that you took today, but would be great to see some older pictures too. We’ll be giving away a pack of wine every fortnight during February, March and April so please visit the page and encourage your friends to do the same.

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